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Blinking May Let Your Brain Rest

It’s been known for some time that when people blink it’s to moisten their eyeball. It's something the body does without us thinking about it. New research in Japan suggests blinking does more than that by putting the brain in a temporary ‘safe’ mode like a computer does.

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Astronauts Wanted for Mission to Mars – No Experience Necessary

If you've ever dreamed of embarking on a journey to space but never quite felt like you had the chops to hang with the NASA elite, now would be a good time to try to locate an Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator and a solid pair of moon boots: you just might qualify to go to Mars.

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Dinosaur Had Tail Feathers

Not many people have heard of the Oviraptor dinosaur, even though it is a distant relative of T-Rex. However, unlike T-Rex, the Oviraptor was a vegetarian not a meat eater. University of Alberta scientist Scott Persons says this dinosaur had bird-like features including a beak, crest and tail feathers. He believes the creatures would fan their tails to help find a mate and flaunt their wares. 

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DIY Home Brew System Lets Even the Chemistry-Challenged Brew Beer at Home

The art of home brewing can be a challenging process, as it involves a bit more chemistry than most of us are willing to endure to catch a good old fashion beer buzz after work. Until now, that is.

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King Louis XVI’s Blood Found Inside of a Squash

Scientists believe they have finally proven that a two century old, blood stained handkerchief found inside a hollowed out squash is that of Louis XVI, who met his demise by way of the guillotine in Paris in 1793 after being found guilty of treason.

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Study Shows Men wth Shaved Heads Appear Taller + Stronger

When I saw this story it put a smile on my face. Alfred Mannes of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business did a study on men with shaved heads. The paper was recently published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Here's what some of the findings from the report.

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How to Boost Your Wifi Signal Without Spending a Dime

If you're like us, you're home for the holidays. If your parents are like our parents, they have an vintage router from 1996, and Netflix spends more time buffering than actually delivering. If ancient technology is getting in the way of your only source of Christmas Eve entertainment, we've got your solution. 

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Quadriplegic Woman Feeds Herself With Robotic Arm

This incredible video shows a woman's journey from almost total immobility to being able to pick up and move objects, thanks to surgical brain implants connected to a robotic arm named 'Hector.'

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Mr Andrews
Photo by Sharon Buck

Sharon Went Back To School

It's been a long time. A very long time. I graduated from Lawrence High School in 1992. And Ioved every minute of it. When I was a teenager, I didn't really do much. So going to school was fun because we didn't have to stay home.

I was pleasantly surpriesd when I asked Andy Capwell to decide who should get the Teacher of the Month for December. He was reading through the entries and decided on a teacher from Lawrence Junior High School. So to take a trip back would be fun.

Little did I know it was one of MY teachers!

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Why Doesn’t Eggnog Make Us Sick?

This popular holiday drink is traditionally made by combining raw eggs, rum and dairy and leaving it all in the fridge for up to six weeks. We basically drink our weight in the stuff every December -- how on earth have we managed to avoid being sick all this time?

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